Burlington Street cat colony thriving

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WATERTOWN — Since the Times reported on Mike Manning and his Burlington Street cat colony in November 2020, the clan of strays — and one or two domesticated freeloaders — have stayed safe, warm and well-fed under the continued care of their neighbor Mr. Manning.

In the last year, new whiskered faces have brought the total from 15 to nearly two dozen cats frequenting the repurposed chicken coop on a vacant lot. Mr. Manning has added hay bales around the base of the coop for insulation and modified the entrances to better shelter cats as they come and go.

“There’s an opossum who’s been sleeping inside lately,” Mr. Manning said. “Everyone just kind of keeps to themselves, especially when he shows his nasty teeth.”

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